Calderdale is a special part of Yorkshire. Few places offer this blend of beauty and history in such a small place. To help you discover the best of Calderdale we’ve picked some of our favourite things to do and see. These themed visits offer something different and unique.
The vibrant market town of Brighouse offers independent and national outlets whilst remaining friendly and traditional. Wellholme Park with its stunning floral displays and Smith Art Gallery are both nearby.
2017 is a big year for Elland. It marks 700 years since the town received a Royal Charter to hold a weekly market and be classed officially as a market town. Elland is home to The Rex Cinema, one of Britains's oldest surviving purpose-built picture houses; and an impressive selection of family-run shops gives Elland town centre a homely appeal. Victoria Mills in nearby Greetland houses Andy Thornton's, an Aladdin's cave of architectural antiques and quirky finds, together with some great independent restaurants. Greetland is also the official start of the Calderdale Way.
Halifax is Calderdale's largest town, with stunning Victorian architecture and a strong industrial heritage. It is home to the unique Piece Hall, Eureka! The National Children's Museum, and the Halifax Minster. You will also find markets, independent and high street shops, theatres and many great places to eat and drink.
Surrounded by breathtaking countryside, Hebden Bridge has been voted as the "fourth funkiest town in the world" best small market town in the UK and "the greatest town in Europe". Set atop the hillside, hundreds of feet above Hebden Bridge, Heptonstall is one of the most historic villages in Yorkshire, beguiling the visitor with its quiet charm.
Birthplace of and inspiration for late Poet Laureate Ted Hughes, and lair of the 18th century counterfeiting gang the Cragg Coiners; Mytholmroyd is also home to the World Dock Pudding Championships!
In the beautiful Ryburn Valley lies the conservation village of Ripponden, with its lovely Church, Georgian-fronted vicarage and 16th century packhorse bridge. Visit the 14th century Old Bridge Inn, one of Yorkshire's oldest pubs and The Fleece, a newly renovated inn, voted "Yorkshire's Favourite Pub 2015"..
The Rochdale Canal and Calder & Hebble Navigation meet at Sowerby Bridge and the Wharf area is the heart of the town's great food and drink offer. Visit Tuel Lane Lock, Sowerby Bridge Market or the annual Rushbearing Festival in September.
Nestling between the valleys on the Yorkshire/Lancashire border, Todmorden is home to Stoodley Pike, stunning Pennine vistas, a thriving market and amazing architecture. At the village of Walsden, George Stephenson's mighty Summit Tunnel thrusts through the Pennines and into Lancashire.